Snowy day. Cruddy weather. Me and the snow shovel. I love winter but I hate shoveling snow. I'm rearranging my craft room and I think to myself since I'm at home let's experiment with some alcohol inks. I knew that the Frilly and Funkie blog challenge was about enjoying embossing but until i had a snow day I wasn't sure I could. This challenge is graciously supported by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
After shoveling the driveway and realizing that there was no way I was going to go anywhere anytime soon, I grabbed my alcohol inks, foil, gesso, and plugged in my embossing gun and off I went....since the time of year focuses on Valentine's Day I tried to figure out what I could do.
So, here is my ode to embossing in the theme of Valentine's Day. I tried to use as many ideas as I could but also make it cohesive. Emboss away.....
The process for this tag is after the photo.
I started off with a #8 manila tag. I cut a self-adhesive foil sheet in half and put one half on the top and bottom of the tag. I embossed the foil sections with the Tim Holtz Regal Flourishes embossing folder. I then coated the foil with Dina Wakley's white gesso. Once that was dry, I used Raspberry, Red Pepper, and Wild Plum Alcohol Inks on the foil. It was a random pattern. I also squirted Liquid Pearls Perfect Pearl spray into it which created a bit of separation that looked like stained glass and yet a slight metallic look. Once that was dry, I wanted to make it shiny so I used Versa Mark on the tag and embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder from Ranger. It gave the tag a nice shiny look that I wanted.
Next I grabbed #25 Kraft-Core Classic Collection colored paper and used the heart from the Movers & Shapers Tim Holtz Mini Hearts die cut. I sanded it down and then colored it with Tim Holtz Wilted Violet Distress Ink. I used UTEE (Ultra-Thick Embossing Powder) to emboss the hearts. There were several layers of UTEE embossing.
Next I grabbed a Wild Orchid Crafts Paper Rose. I found a hydrangea leaf and colored it with Wilted Violet Distress Ink. The center of the tag was "open" so I used cork wired ribbon from The Funkie Junkie Boutique for the "middle band." I glued the rose to it and to the tag. I added some natural colored smaller roses and Wild Orchid Crafts Lilac colored stems.
I wanted to add some other embossing so I grabbed a #8 tag and the Tim Holtz Flourishes stencil. I colored texture paste with Festive Berries Distress Spray Stain. Once that was dry I die cut 2 hearts using the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Mini Hearts set.
Once I pieced it all together and glued it to the tag, I made some bows out of black twine. Next, I used the Tim Holtz Celebrate Words Thinlit and Gemstones Cardstock (the non-metallic side) to die cut 'love" and "you." The paper color is Amethyst. "Forever" was cut from the Tim Holtz Friendship Words Script thinlit. Once everything was attached, I used a Black Soot Distress Ink colored ribbon to finish it off.